My wife and I have visited Il Fornaio Italian Restaurant in Coronado, CA three times for lunch over the last few years. We own timeshare property in Carlsbad, 30 miles north of San Diego and drive down at least once during our vacation week. At Il Fornaio we always dine on the outdoor covered patio to take advantage of the seemingly always perfect weather and the view of downtown San Diego across the Bay. The waterway is always alive and entertaining with boats, from the San Diego-Coronado Ferry, to ocean-going commercial ships of all sizes and descriptions, and a wide variety of private pleasure boats as well. A wonderful selection of wines, brews, and mixed drinks available to enjoy in this setting make a great start for a delightful midday repast. Our favorite has been their really great margarita on the rocks! The menu has a full selection of terrific entrees including seafood dishes, pastas, and custom specialty pizzas. My wife particularly likes the Cristina pizza which has fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, mushrooms, and wild arugula, druzzled with truffle oil, all on a wonderful, slightly crisp thin crust. I enjoyed last time the veal scaloppine and Tuscan salad which was light and truly delicious. Prices I feel are resonable for the overall quality, service, and ambiance. Clientele appears to be couples, families, and small social groups. I would highly recommend Il Fornaio to anyone visiting in the San Diego area, where beautiful Coronado itself is certainly a must to visit!
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